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Applied Health Research Group
Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)
Aston Research centre in CHildren and Young people's health(ARCHY)
I have a clinical background in Hearing therapy and have practised as a Hearing Therapist for over 27 years. I moved to further education teaching and then to higher education teaching and research in the 2000s. My MSc is in Evidence-Based Healthcare (University of Oxford) and my doctorate examined medically unexplained hearing difficulties (University of Bath). I have led research into King-Kopetzky syndrome; tinnitus; hard to reach populations and coping processes. Currently I am working on shared decision making in audiology.
My work examines the psychosocial influences of chronic hearing conditions. This extends from individual level responses (modelling coping) to institutional and cultural influences on hearing services (for example in residential care settings). Currently I am looking at ways of increasing recognition of patient preferences and shared decision making in audiology.
We have produced decision aids for hearing loss and tinnitus.
Please see our video on shared decision making and tinnitus.
2017 - current Hearing loss and social isolation in residential care, impact for dementia.
2018-current co supervision with Dr Amanda Hall otitis media in children and impact on families
I am a trustee for the British Society of Audiology (BSA) and a professional advisory committee member for the British Tinnitus Association (BTA). I represent the BSA on the Alliance of Hearing loss and Deafness group and was involved in producing the national Action Plan for Hearing.
I am an IDA Institute academic fellow.
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